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Marathon for the prize

Get it? Like 'Race for the Prize'! But longer! Much longer!

Gazette staff September 7th, 2011

Prior to famous Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne’s entry to the  Twittersphere, one could only speculate what their next song or album would sound like. These days, the energetic singer seems to share every weird moment of his every weird day (and they’re all weird when you’re Wayne Coyne), including the new material he’s recorded with indie acts Neon Indian and Lightning Bolt.

Last week, those nearly 70,000 strong who follow Coyne became privy to the Lips’ latest work, which may prove even more difficult to engage than their infamous 1997 album “Zaireeka,” which requires four separate sets of speakers and a carefully synchronized pressing of as many “play” buttons to experience properly.

“Takes a long time to make a 6 hour song .................... ” read a recent tweet from Coyne.

Not to call in Captain Obvious on you, Wayne, but yes, in fact it does probably require a long time to record a six-hour-long song. Probably even more time than what’s required to actually listen to a six-hour-long song.

Anyhoo, you can preview very brief audio snippets in the videos Coyne posted with several of these six-hour-song-related tweets, but they’re all so short in the scope of the project that it’s pretty much impossible to determine what the thing’s going to sound like. CFN will be waiting on silver trembling pins and needles to hear it because we “Haven’t Got a Clue” what it’s going to sound like.

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